GreaterPlaces is an online community devoted to city and town design. Like Houzz for interiors, GreaterPlaces is a crowdsourced, organized, visual, & networked site to connect people looking for great ideas on cities with civic innovators around the world. Our growing collection of best practices shows the "how to" for great streets, parks, buildings, governance and more.
Launched in May 2015, GreaterPlaces convenes everyone interested in great city design: professionals, civic leaders, writers, elected officials, students and inventors. Initially a book proposal, GreaterPlaces leverages technology, the web and social media to provide a dynamic platform for sharing inspiration and ideas for cities, towns and neighborhoods.
GreaterPlaces provides a first-of-its-kind site that crowdsources & aggregates all aspects of cities: neighborhoods, buildings, streets, infrastructure, public participation, resources, schools and more. This is important because cities are looking for solutions that provide multiple solutions.
GreaterPlaces also provides an important service as local governments open up data, governance, budgets and planning to citizens and businesses. Our best practice format provides insight on the people and processes needed for success. Our tone is approachable, helpful and engaging.
We employ social media and networking technology to connect people with specific questions to leaders in planning, architecture, engineering and policy. We are currently working on a small scale with several local governments, civic groups and young professionals. We used a Kickstarter campaign, Cards Against Urbanity, to bring fun to planning and city design.
In the future, we plan to expand material, features and a marketplace so that small, innovative firms have an affordable online showroom to reach cities, professionals and civic leaders. Our goal is to showcase innovative services and products, which in turn increases the number and quality of innovative approaches in cities.